Professor Oliver Taplin

Classics and Ancient History

Elected 1995

Oliver Taplin retired in September 2008 from being a Professor of Classics at Oxford University and Tutorial Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford. His first book was The Stagecraft of Aeschylus (OUP, 1977), and his most recent single-authored book is Pots and Plays (Getty Publications, 2007). He co-founded the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama in 1996. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Athens in 2013. The leading recurrent theme of his work has been the reception of poetry and drama through performance and material culture, in both ancient and modern times. Recently he has been translating plays with the aim of including the kind of dynamic and colour which will be effective in live performance with verse and music. His Medea was published in 2013 (Chicago UP), and Sophocles Oedipus the King and other tragedies (Oxford World Classics) in 2016. Throughout his career he has tried to keep one foot outside the academy, especially in broadcasting and theatre, both within and beyond the UK. Productions that he has collaborated with include the Ôresteia (1981-2, dir. Peter Hall), The Thebans (1992, dir. Adrian Noble), the Ôresteia (1999-2000, dir. Katie Mitchell) and Swallow Song (2004, 2006 dir, Lydia Koniordou).

Current post

Professor Emeritus of Classical Languages and Literature, University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow in Classics, Magdalen College

Past appointments

University of Oxford Reader in Greek Literature, Professor of Classical Languages and Literature

Jan 1994 -

Magdalen College University of Oxford Tutorial Fellow in Classics

Jan 1973 -

Publications

The stagecraaft of Aeschylus 1977

Greek tragedy in action 1978

Homeric soundings, the shaping of the Iliad 1992

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